The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester, Dorset
Napoleonic Wars, 1793-1815
By 1793, the French Revolution had pitched much of the world into conflict, as the long established 18th Century political and social order was challenged by the 'equality, liberty and fraternity' offered by the French Revolutionaries.
Cataclysmic events bring exceptional men to the fore and by 1804 the Revolutionary Wars had been replaced by the Wars of Napoleon Bonaparte, which finally ended in 1815 with his defeat at Waterloo. In defeating the energy released by the Revolution, the victors had been forced to create citizen armies, which eventually brought social change to their own countries.